Soldier Honored: Floyd E. Lake
Hometown: Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Branch of Service: Army National Guard
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Army Sergeant First Class Floyd E. Lake, 43, of Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, was assigned to the Virgin Islands Army National Guard. On January 20, 2007 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was aboard crashed. SFC Lake and 11 other soldiers were killed in the crash. He was 43 years old.
SFC Lake first enlisted in the Army in 1988. During his service he was a stock record clerk, a material controller, a handling supervisor and a warehouse foreman. In 2004, he moved from being a logistics coordinator with the Army National Guard to joining the National Guard Bureau in Arlington. In October 2006, he was deployed to Baghdad.
SFC Lake was very proud of his health and fitness. He won many fitness awards and scored the “master fitness” level in military physical training tests multiple times. "He was always out in front, beating most of us in physical fitness tests," said his commanding officer. He was also known as a dedicated father who loved his children and attended their elementary school activities.
SFC Lake is survived by his wife and five children, one of whom is a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient.